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Traffic Studies: Overview for Starting the Fall Count Season

Now that the summer holidays are over, we’re getting back into the swing of things and starting to ramp up our fall count season. This season is usually hectic for transportation professionals who are executing transportation projects which include executing or requesting traffic data collection.

To provide some information into traffic data collection, the next two week’s blogs will be focusing on reviewing a few study types, their applications and challenges.It’ll provide some insight into how engineers are utilizing each study type and perhaps it will apply to your objectives.

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Roundabout Safety Improvements

Roundabouts are becoming more common in urban areas and with good reason. They are known to improve traffic flow and safety in comparison to other forms of intersection control such as traffic signals. However, problems can arise from using roundabouts since traffic signals and signs have been the standard for so long. Understanding how to best optimize roundabouts and prevent accidents will ensure that traffic flow is being optimized.

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Traffic Impact Analysis for Growing Cities

I’m not sure what it’s like in your city, but from the Miovision offices, Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) and surrounding areas are aggressively expanding. With each new subdivision built, there are new plazas, office buildings, and parkades popping up. In certain areas of the city, the landscape (or what used to be landscape) has completely transformed.

One area in particular has completely changed – the Ira Needles area. This previously empty area was just an open field next to Trussler and Erbsville Road. In 2009, it was transformed into the largest commercial centre in the KW area that spans across 88.5 acres. To accommodate the anticipated influx of traffic, additional roads were built as well as 6 roundabouts were utilized rather than lights to facilitate traffic flow.

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The Magic Roundabout

There is a story that has travelled incredible distances and, perhaps more than anything else, given the unassuming Wiltshire town of Swindon in England cause to be discussed across the world. It’s not a famous person or a particular achievement. In fact, it’s far more mundane than that: it’s a roundabout.

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